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When Strangers Meet: How People You Don’t Know Can Transform You

Kio Stark

National Library Board


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Author: Kio Stark

Publisher:New York: TED Books, Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2016.


Call no.: 302.2 STA


When was the last time you interacted with a stranger? As the world around us becomes more insular with the rise of self-entertainment devices, how can we reclaim back the pleasures of holding a human conversation? Kio Stark explores how communication with strangers brings people together regardless of background and cements our relationship to the places and people we live, work and play with.


Stark reframes the concept of strangers and provides astute cultural analysis on the intrinsic human need for communication with others. Most importantly, this book teaches readers how to strike up a conversation and connect with strangers.


When Strangers Meetdoes not teach you how to make friends. Instead, it sheds light on the hidden processes of communication and how these fleeting moments can change the way we form a relationship with the world.


Reviewed by Yap Jia Ling & Kam Yit Fong.

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